Every family needs a vision board. A goals board. A “dream big” board.
Whatever you want to call your vision board, this is your canvas for visually displaying your bucket list.
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Lindsay Teague Moreno, entrepreneur, podcaster, and author of Getting Noticed: A No-Nonsense Guide to Standing Out and Selling More for Momtrepreneurs Who ‘Ain’t Got Time for That’ calls it her “someday list.” In fact, Lindsay’s recent someday list Instagram post is what inspired our own vision board.
Our family’s vision board is all about TRAVEL. To be honest, we rarely travel because young children, finances, full-time jobs, and limited vacation time. It’s our dream, though, to one day be able to travel across the U.S. and around the world.
Travel is a huge goal for us because we love languages, architecture, nature, history, and food. But your vision board should be whatever YOU dream about! Don’t feel guilty about putting that dream house, dream car, dream job, dream financial status, dream concert or event…whatever you aspire to have in this life you get to create for yourself. The main idea is to DREAM BIG.
Why a vision board and not a journal?
Journals are great. We love journals. With a journal, however, you close the book after you’re finished and you put it away. A vision board, on the other hand, is something to hang somewhere–or at least put in a highly visible place where you can see it every day. Make it the first thing you see when you wake up, or the last thing you see before you go to bed.
Last week, we heard a podcast with featured guest Kathrin Zenkina of Manifestation Babe and author of a few books, including Unleash Your Inner Money Babe: Uplevel Your Money Mindset and Manifest $1,000 In 21 Days. The idea behind Manifestation Babe is simple: manifest what you want to happen, and it’ll be more likely to actually happen!
Of course, you can manifest your dreams and goals by writing them in a journal, but manifesting them in a highly visual format–a vision board–adds a shot of tequila to the punch. (And what mom couldn’t use an extra shot of tequila?)
How do you make a vision board?
You have a few different options for the format of your vision board.
First, you could make a vision board using a foam board or a pretty bulletin board. Cut photos out of magazines or from printed images found online, and paste or pin them onto the board, collage style. Don’t worry if you’re not a crafty mom or a scrapbooking expert. No matter how your vision board turns out, aesthetically speaking, its purpose is to serve you, so don’t worry about anything else.
At our home, we own few supplies to create any sort of tangible vision board. For better or for worse, we’re digital people working in digital careers, so we naturally gravitate toward all things digital. If you, too, lack magazines, glue sticks (or tape), a printer, and other materials to create a tangible vision board, design yours on a computer and then go to your local printer to have it printed. The process is super easy.
Use Canva and free stock photos for a digital vision board
Here’s our family’s vision board we created last night using Canva and free stock photos:
If you’re new to Canva, it’s a free tool (with a premium version) for wanna-be designers with limited Photoshop/design experience. Canva provides fonts, photos, templates, charts, and illustrations. Some of these are free, and some are available at a cost. Canva allows for your own image uploads, so we take advantage of that feature.
Our current favorite places to find free, high quality stock photos are StockSnap.io and Pexels. You may not find the perfect photos you’re seeking, but on those sites you’re certain to find photos that at least represent your dreams, goals, visions, and intentions.
Once you find the photos or images you want to use, download them and head to Canva. Once in Canva, upload them, then click “Elements” in the left-side navigation. From there, click “Grids” from the options that appear:
Choose from one of the grids (there are even more beyond what you see in this screenshot):
After you’ve chosen a grid, go back to “Uploads” and drag and drop your uploaded images into each of the grid’s spaces. You can resize and reposition individual images within the grid and even add filters.
When you’re finished playing around with your newly designed vision board, download it. PDF is usually Fua good file format for printing, but select PNG or JPG if you want to share it on social media (we recommend doing this!). The file will save to your computer, and then it’s yours to print, hang somewhere, review each day, and fulfill those visions you have.
Further reading on vision boards
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